Cover image for The winter train / Susanna Isern ; illustrations: Ester Garcia ; English translation by Jon Brokenbow.
The winter train / Susanna Isern ; illustrations: Ester Garcia ; English translation by Jon Brokenbow.
Publication Information:
Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid, Spain : Cuento de Luz, [2014]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
As the cold weather approaches, the forest animals prepare to board the train that will take them to a warmer place for the winter, but then someone realizes that Squirrel is missing.


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Winter is drawing near, and as they do every year around this time, the forest animals catch the train that will take them to warmer lands. The trip is going smoothly, until one passenger suddenly yells: "We've forgotten Squirrel! We've got to go back and find her!"
A delightful tale of friendship and solidarity, The Winter Train takes young readers on a touching journey that brings out the very best in everyone.

Guided Reading Level: L, Lexile Level: 620L

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Author Notes

Susanna Isern is an award-winning children's books author whose work has been translated into more than nine languages. She lives in Santander, Spain.

Esther Garcia was born in 1984 in Cáceres, Spain. She graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca, where she discovered the art as a vocation. Since 2008 she lives and works in Madrid as an illustrator for various publishers and national and international clients, drawing birds and other dreams.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In the imagination of the Spanish writer Isern (The Magic Ball of Wool), all but a few of the animals of the forest migrate in winter: they pack their bags and ride the train from the Northern Forest to the Southern Forest. In spreads that read like friezes, García draws the animals in shades of sepia and ochre, accentuating the soft fuzziness of their coats and the graceful curves of their necks and tails as they wait near the ancient tree that serves as their train station. There's even an animal unknown in North America-a genet, a carnivorous mammal related to mongoose and civets. Genet is the one who realizes that they've left Squirrel behind. "But if we go back, we could get trapped in the snow," says Beaver. Squirrel is rescued safely and, amid a blizzard, the animals clear the tracks of snow so they can get underway. The tranquil bedtime diversion ends by invoking the Peaceable Kingdom, as predators and prey snuggle together, Squirrel under Eagle's wing. The story is low-key, but García's artwork is rich and worthwhile. Ages 3-5. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.